This lecture of Philip Auslander focuses on the coalescence of performance art and celebrity culture in terms of the participation of celebrities (such as film actors) in performance art, and, conversely, the way performance art has provided figures like Marina Abramovic a platform on which to build a celebrity identity, with the complicity of the museum as an institution in all of this.
Philip Auslander is Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, at the Georgia Institute of Technology and has established an international reputation with volumes like Presence and Resistance: Postmodernism and Cultural Politics in Contemporary American Performance (1992), From Acting to Performance: Essays in Modernism and Postmodernism (1997), Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture (1999, rev. 2008) and Performing Glam Rock: Gender and Theatricality in Popular Music (2006). His most recent book is Reactivations: Essays on Performance and Its Documentation (Michigan UP, 2018). Apart from having edited several volumes himself and contributing chapters to innumerable collections and a host of articles to the major theatre and performance journals, he also sat on their editorial boards or served as editor. His affiliate and visiting positions include a 2012 stint as an invited scholar of the Erasmus Mundus European Joint Master in Performing Arts Studies (ULB).
RITCS, Rue Dansaert 70, 1000 Brussels (auditorium 3, 4th floor), on the 15th of May at 2pm